BETHPAGE, NY—Cablevision Systems Corporation has appointed Charles Schueler executive vice president, communications and community relations. In this new position, Schueler will continue to serve as Cablevision's chief communications officer and strategist as well as primary spokesperson with oversight for all communications, media relations, community affairs and philanthropic activities companywide. He reports to Cablevision chief operating officer Tom Rutledge.
As executive vice president, Schueler is responsible for directing the company's communications on corporate strategy, financial performance and all significant business developments across the corporation. His communications portfolio includes oversight of the company's Optimum digital video, voice and high-speed Internet services; Rainbow Media's national programming networks; Cablevision's local media group, which consists of Newsday Media Group, News 12 Networks and MSG Varsity; and Clearview Cinemas.
Schueler has overseen media relations activities for Madison Square Garden and its teams and properties since 2001. He is presently leading Cablevision's strategic communications efforts related to the expected spin off of the Madison Square Garden business. He will continue to oversee the MSG properties until the transaction is complete on February 9.
Schueler also presides over Cablevision's community affairs and philanthropic efforts, including the company's support of notable industry events, initiatives and organizations and Cablevision's partnership with The Lustgarten Foundation, a leading private supporter of pancreatic cancer research, and the company's nationally recognized education initiative, Power to Learn.
Schueler previously served as senior vice president, media and community relations. He joined Cablevision in 1988 as director of public affairs for its former Boston cable system. Prior to joining Cablevision, he served as speechwriter for the mayor of Boston and trip director for John F. Kerry's first U.S. Senate campaign in Massachusetts.